“Everyday is a fashion show and the world is your runway” by CoCo Chanel.
Welcome to the Blogging Interviews on Mrs. S London. Reaching out to Bloggers to get their views on all things blogging. From Why they blog, their favourite plugin’s, who takes their photos and what bugs them most about our community.
Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
Sure, I am a 20-year-old girl who loves fashion, and hopes to be a fashion stylist one day. I am constantly researching, learning and shopping for clothes and what’s trending in the world around me. I find fashion shows fascinating and am normally watching the latest shows during fashion week and reading about popular and upcoming trends, to know what’s next for the season.
This of course translates over to my blog, which is why I normally do trend reports, tips on style and do quite a bit of OOTD post throughout the month, since dressing up is a huge part of my life.
Describe how did you first get into blogging?
I first heard about it through a site called Keaton Row which is an online styling site. I was very interested in joining (but I was too young since you have to be 21). But anyway, I was reading and learning info about what you needed and how to be a successful stylist on there and all that jazz, and found out it would help if you had a blog.
So I asked my sister how to start one up and she gave me some tips and pointers, and I started it.
But as I started to blog more and more, building it up just for Keaton Row got x’ed out, and I started to do it to build my personal brand, and share my personal tips and advice to help and inspire other people, instead of a side leverage for a job.
And ever since then it’s been a fun, eye-opening yet tough little journey.
How do you manage time for your blog and how efficient do you think it is?
Managing time can be hard! I am not going to lie. I do many other things online and in the home that keep me busy, so trying to take pictures for my blog or write a post can be challenging since I’m doing other things constantly.
So I don’t really think my scheduling is that efficient…but I try my best to make it work.
What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?
*sigh* Getting traffic is hard too! Hahaha. I still really don’t know to be honest, because unfortunately my blog could still use a lot more traffic.
But on the positive note, it is slowly getting more popular and gaining a little more traffic as time goes by, which I’m very grateful for.
But if I had to give a specific strategy of what worked?…it would probably be to like, comment and follow other bloggers across the blogging community. Because If you don’t, nobody is going to come across your blog and read your post. So networking is key.
What are your blog plans for the next year?
Maybe to collaborate more. I can do the liking, commenting and following part, but I have a hard time emailing or dm-ing people/brands on their social media or websites, and asking them if they want to collaborate.
So hopefully I can break out of my shell more and befriend more people next year.
Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
I would say many individuals. All the hard-working, passionate bloggers I see and follow on my feed help me get ideas and inspire me to keep making great content.
Once I think I’ve gotten bored with my blog or run into writers block, I read a story in my feed from another fellow blogger, and am just like “never mind, I got ideas!” And my mind just sparks.
And because so many different bloggers have impacted me to write and get creative, it really helped shape what Aricouture is today.
Who are your top 3 favorite bloggers and explain why?
I follow a lot of people, and have a lot of favourites. But if I had to just pick three it would probably be Justina Sharp because she’s funny and relatable. Tolly Dolly Posh because she’s very down to earth and has a very unique and quirky taste in fashion. And then Audrie Storme because I love her photography and the way she edits her photos, and just her incredible style that I think is out of this world!
If you could only have ONE plugin on your blog which one would you pick?
I actually don’t use plugins. I mainly use widgets. And if I do use plugins, then I’m not really aware of it. So I don’t know…sorry.😬
What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Writing. I know that sounds like a huge thing since blogs are made out of words, but sometimes I know what I want to say but don’t know how to structure it. And because of that, I end up spending FAR too long rewriting and tweaking it up.
I hope I’m not the only blogger that suffers from this, but that’s probably the most frustrating thing about it.
Did you have any professional help or did you create the blog yourself?
No, I had zero professional help. With my first blog design my sister made my header for me, but all my other headers and entire layout after that was all me…even some of the coding.🙂
A huge thank you to Arianna for taking part! I hope you enjoyed getting to know her and her blog a little more! Have you seen Arianna’s Blog?